Big day this past Monday. Along with volunteers and MOI staff, we began constructing the structures for the coral nurseries. PVC pipes, iron bars, an electric grinder, saw blades, safety goggles, concrete, duct tape, and some canola oil were all in play. All integral components for getting our partnership’s nurseries set for at-sea installation.
Suraj, a research scientist from the MOI, demonstrated how to construct the two separate, locally adapted MOI nursery designs. Working with Suraj were myself, Sebastian and Candace, several of the many local volunteers who are pitching in, and Reddy, a certified Mauritian dive instructor who has been assisting ELI with this project for several months. Having learnt the MOI techniques, ELI Africa and our volunteers will now build the remaining four nurseries.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.